Pitfalls and perspectives in context-awareness

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Despite increasing interest in context-aware artifacts we are still far from understanding the full complexity of making use of context. In this paper, we attempt to contribute to clarifying the notion of context by making an explicit distinction between context and situation which we understand as a social construct in the first place. In particular, we argue that some of the difficulties with artifacts making use of context arise because of the fundamental difference between context as a description of a situation and the situation itself: while the situation is open to (re-)negotiation, the opportunity is lost once the situation has been codified as context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Symposium on Computer Human Interaction, CHINZ 2001
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
EventSymposium on Computer Human Interaction, CHINZ 2001 - Palmerston North, New Zealand
Duration: Jul 6 2001Jul 6 2001

Publication series

NameProceedings - Symposium on Computer Human Interaction, CHINZ 2001


ConferenceSymposium on Computer Human Interaction, CHINZ 2001
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityPalmerston North

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction

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